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Automotive

Heavy-Duty Engine Emission Measurement Improvement Program

  • Summary - This program aims to better understand factors that can impact heavy-duty diesel emission measurement variability, then develop techniques to improve the accuracy and precision of those measurements in response to lower emission standards.
  • Participation - $60,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - Two
  • Contact - Bruce Bykowski, (210) 522-2937 or bbykowski@swri.org

Investigating Measurement Precision and Repeatability of Vehicle Emissions

  • Summary - This project will help manufacturers better understand the factors that impact light-duty vehicle emission measurement variability, then will develop techniques to improve their precision and repeatability.
  • Participation - Tentatively $45,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - Minimum of one year, with option for a second
  • Contact - Kevin Whitney, (210) 522-5869 or kwhitney@swri.org

Exhaust Particulate Initiative: Physical and Chemical Characterization of Fine, Ultrafine, and Nanoparticle Emissions from Diesel- and Spark-Ignition Engines

  • Summary - This initiative will seek guidance from stakeholders concerning the future direction of SwRI's particulate research efforts. SwRI may consider single or multiclient research projects to meet respondents' needs.
  • Participation - Based on number of participants
  • Years anticipated - Minimum of two years
  • Contact - Kevin Whitney, (210) 522-5869 or kwhitney@swri.org; or Dr. Imad Khalek, (210) 522-2536 or ikhalek@swri.org

Protection of Aftertreatment Systems from Sulfur

  • Summary - The consortium will develop a sulfur trap system that protects sulfur-sensitive emissions reduction devices from the adverse effects of fuel sulfur.
  • Participation - Based on number of participants
  • Years anticipated - Two
  • Contact - Dr. Gordon Bartley, (210) 522-5871 or gbartley@swri.org

Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems

  • Summary - Funds will develop technologies for a stationary natural gas engine with 50 percent efficiency and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions of 0.05 g/hp-hr.
  • Participation - $100,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - Two years
  • Contact - Timothy J. Callahan, (210) 522-6890 or tcallahan@swri.org

Clean Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine, Phase III

  • Summary - This program for the diesel engine industry will develop technologies to help meet the stringent emission standards of the early 2000s.
  • Participation - $95,000 per year ($55,000 for suppliers and manufacturers)
  • Years anticipated - Four years
  • Contact - Daniel W. Stewart, (210) 522-3657 or dstewart@swri.org

Engine Consulting Support Services

  • Summary - Members will gain the information and analysis required for engine design, development, and product planning.
  • Participation - $20-30,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - Ongoing, yearly renewal
  • Contact - Dr. Tom Ryan, (210) 522-3192 or tryan@swri.org

Industry Cooperative Program - Fuels and Lubricants

  • Summary - This program will help governmental and industrial clients meet increasingly stringent vehicle emissions regulations through a better understanding of diesel fuel and lubricant properties and compositions.
  • Participation - $75,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - Ongoing, yearly renewals
  • Contact - Dr. Tom Ryan, (210) 522-3192 or tryan@swri.org

Fuel Filtration Cooperative R&D Program, Phase III

  • Summary - The program will verify that wear index test ratings and actual engine wear rates correlate, will improve the current test method to incorporate additional vibration, and will measure and document filter head accelerations.
  • Participation - $25,000 per year
  • Years anticipated - One year
  • Contact - Gary B. Bessee, (210) 522-6941 or gbessee@swri.org

Aviation

Turbine Rotor Material Design

  • Summary - A probabilistic, damage tolerance design code will predict the reliability of aircraft gas turbine disks and rotors in the presence of undetected material anomalies. The code is considered an acceptable means for complying with Federal Aviation Administration regulations to meet the "design target reliability."
  • Participation - Limited to aircraft gas turbine manufacturers whose products are used in the United States
  • Years remaining - Five
  • Contact - Dr. Gerald R. Leverant, (210) 522-2041 or gleverant@swri.org

Power

Durability and Life Assessment of GTD-111 Buckets

  • Summary - This program will develop life prediction methodologies for the coating and substrate of GTD-111 buckets in General Electric Frame 5 and Frame 6 combustion turbines.
  • Participation - $105,000 per year
  • Years remaining - One
  • Contact - Dr. Sastry Cheruvu, (210) 522-2492 or scheruvu@swri.org

Oil and Gas

Advanced Casing Lateral Juncture Technologies for Multi-Lateral Wells, Phase II: Screening Level Studies

  • Summary - This program will evaluate key enabling technologies necessary to develop several novel multi-lateral well juncture concepts.
  • Participation - Based on number of participants (through the Global Petroleum Research Institute, Texas A&M University)
  • Years anticipated - One and one-half
  • Contact - J. Christopher Buckingham, (210) 522-3307 or cbuckingham@swri.org

Novel Diversion Technologies for Deviated/Horizontal Wells with Sand Control

  • Summary - This program will investigate and develop novel diversion technology concepts for horizontal or deviated wells with sand control.
  • Participation - Based on number of participants (through the Global Petroleum Research Institute, Texas A&M University)
  • Years anticipated - One-third (four months)
  • Contact - David B. Walter, (210) 522-6046 or dwalter@swri.org

Open-Hole Gravel-Packing Joint Industry Program

  • Summary - This program will identify fluids and techniques that are best suited to completing gravel packing of oil and gas wells.
  • Participation - Based on number of participants
  • Years anticipated - One and one-half
  • Contact - Steven J. Svedeman, (210) 522-3002 or ssvedeman@swri.org

Development of an Instrument for Corrosion Detection in Insulated Pipes

  • Summary - This consortium will develop magnetostrictive sensor equipment for the inspection of pipe systems in the oil, gas, chemical, petrochemical, and refinery industries.
  • Participation - $135,000 per year
  • Years remaining - One
  • Contact - Dr. Glenn M. Light, glight@swri.org

Published in the Summer 1999 issue of Technology Today®, published by Southwest Research Institute. For more information, contact Maria Stothoff.

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